Oval gem with Mars Ultor

Roman
Imperial Period
1st–2nd century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 13 x 10.67 mm (1/2 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

63.1522

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Dark green jasper with red speckles. Intaglio. Flat front and back surfaces with inward back bezel. Mars stands on a ground line, facing right. He wears a crested helmet, cuirass, and cloak, and is bearded. He carries a spear upright in his left hand and rests his right hand on top of his shield. A fair amount of detail is visible in the engraving, such as the individual straps of the pteruges. This is a very popular motif in gems known as the Mars Ultor type, or Mars the Avenger.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Euripides Sepheriades; purchased by MFA from Euripides Sepheriades, October 17, 1963

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour